Kap: Mark Prior wants one more shot

Kap: Mark Prior wants one more shot
February 9, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Former Cubs star Mark Prior, who has battled injuries since his breakout 2003 season is looking to give baseball one more try.

Sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to me that Prior is working out in San Diego with the express purpose of going to spring training and giving it one more shot at resurrecting his career.

Prior, who has suffered multiple shoulder injuries, is in the best physical shape of his life, according to two people who have seen him. He has strengthened the area around his shoulder capsule in an attempt to beat the problems that have plagued him for so many years.

The lanky right-hander finished the 2010 season pitching in Oklahoma City, the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. He was then invited to Yankees spring training the following year before being sidelined in mid-April with an abdominal strain. Prior continued his comeback attempt with the Red Sox system in 2012, appearing in 19 games for Triple-A Pawtucket, but wound up being released in August to clear room on the roster.

Prior's agent, John Boggs has put out feelers to major league teams but so far he has not received an invitation to spring training and a contract offer.

"Mark definitely would like to take another run at making it back to the big leagues," Boggs said. "He has been working exceptionally hard over the last couple of years and his velocity is back up to 92-93."

"He wants one more chance to prove he can pitch in the big leagues. He just wants an opportunity. If he can't do it, he can't do it, but he wants one more chance."

The Cubs recently invited Prior back to Chicago to speak to the top prospects in the Cubs system and he impressed the Cubs hierarchy with his candor and level of preparation. He was open and honest about his career as a Cub and the mistakes he felt he made as he was starting on his big league journey.

However, at this point in time the Cubs have had zero conversations about extending Prior an offer to join them in spring training, although sources tell me that they have not closed the door on that possibility.